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Willow Bend Fire on Jefferson, Douglas county line. July 1, 2013

Willow Bend Fire on Jefferson, Douglas county line. July 1, 2013

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has lifted the Level 1 evacuation order for residents near the Willow Bend Fire.

A Level 1 evacuation order means residents should be ready to leave.

The order was given Monday after the small fire started on Long Scraggy Peak.

The fire never gained much strength and only burned about 1.5 acres.  As of noon Tuesday it was 70 percent contained.

In a tweet, deputies said a 20 person hand crew is on site working to put out the fire. The tweet warned smoke could be visible in the area through the weekend.

The Willow Bend Fire is burning on U.S. Forest Service land on the east face of Long Scraggy Peak.

Firefighters from the North Fork Fire Department and the U.S. Forest service were dispatched to fight the fire Monday. They were aided by two helicopters.

Deputies said the fire was moving slowly partly because of large rocks blocking the fire.

“Crews made excellent progress on the fire yesterday due to air support and high humidity,” said Dusty Romero of Pike National Forest Fire. “Crews should have the fire completely contained by the end of the day.”

Firefighters believe the fire was started by lightning.